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Sirkatu

S I R K A T U

In Akkadian culture, Sirku is a special status “legally non-slave” indentured servants and zukku, obligated to, "bound," to a temple. Privately-owned slaves are often donated to the temples, or bequeathed as an inheritance to them, in which case they're freed, but must become zukku, and thus sirku, dependents of the temple (and the courts enforce it).

Sirkatu (people who are sirku), are a professional class indentured servants guaranteed basic civil rights, like food and lodging. They live in their own houses and usually perform their work there, not at the temple. Young male sirkatu are often pressed into the military beginning a lifelong career serving in the Harranim, (Akkadia’s grand army).

Sirkatu wear special star or unique identifier emblems identifying the woman they are sworn to serve.

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